The 2025 992.2 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS goes Hybrid

Electrifying the gold-standard sports car doesn’t change our opinion one neutron.

Imagine a car that’s been loved for years, suddenly getting a major upgrade that splits opinions. It’s like when Porsche ditched an old cooling system in 1999 for something new, sparking big reactions. Now, they’re hinting at turning their iconic 911 into a hybrid. Fans might freak out at first, but think about it: the new tech could actually make it even cooler. If Porsche didn’t spill the beans, most wouldn’t even notice the change while driving it.

The new 3.6-liter flat-six engine in the GTS Porsche 911 is a big deal. It always runs at its best, with a fancy turbocharger that uses electricity and a super-smooth eight-speed gearbox that has its own electric helper. This setup used to be just for the Carrera, but now it’s in the GTS too, the next step up in the 911 family after the Carreras. It’s not as wild as the Turbo or GT models, but it’s still a lot of fun.

Porsche says this new engine is 40 pounds lighter because it doesn’t need a bunch of extra stuff (like air conditioning) thanks to clever engineering. They’ve also added a small but powerful battery and made a bunch of tiny tweaks to make the GTS better. All these changes add about 103 pounds to the GTS, but it’s worth it for the extra punch and efficiency.

The new 911 GTS packs a punch with its 478-horsepower engine and a 53-horsepower electric motor, making a total of 532 horses (even though the math is a bit tricky). That’s 59 more horses than the old GTS, which should keep its power-to-weight ratio moving in the right direction if the claimed weight is true. The previous GTS did 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, so expect the new one to be just as quick, or even faster.

The 992.2 keeps the classic 911 shape but adds new bumpers and fancy active shutters up front to cut through the air better, with a drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd. In Europe, they get an even sleeker 0.27 Cd version thanks to a spoiler that helps in Eco mode, though that feature can’t be used in the U.S. due to regulations.

Porsche made some big changes inside the new 911. They ditched the old twisty ignition switch and put in a simple button instead, which has caused quite a stir among fans. But our real gripe is with the fully digital dashboard. The old model had a classic mechanical tachometer in the middle, but Porsche says some drivers complained that the steering wheel blocked part of it. Yet, this has always been a minor issue with the 911.

The new digital screen is cheaper to produce, but Porsche did add some neat features. You can choose from seven different displays, including a traditional five-gauge setup. The coolest one is a mode for tracks where the tachometer is positioned so the redline is at the top, like in racing cars. It would have been even better if Porsche had kept the tach numbers aligned like a classic racing tachometer, but they went for a modern look instead.

When you look at the Porsche 911 GTS and the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray, they’re like two different planets. The Corvette loves to show off its electric side with motor sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie and a noticeable electric push at the front wheels. Meanwhile, the GTS keeps it traditional with optional all-wheel drive that uses a regular driveshaft to power the front wheels.

Unlike the first-gen Honda Insight, though, the GTS can’t drive on electric power alone. That’s where the Corvette E-Ray wins with its cool electric-only driving trick.

When you hit the gas, you feel an immediate surge of power. One motor in the transmission gives you instant strength, while another in the turbocharger builds up pressure. There’s a screen in the middle of the dashboard that shows you all the electric action, but really, when you’re driving a sports car like this, you shouldn’t be glued to screens. It’s all about getting lost in the drive, and this hybrid 911 delivers on that promise perfectly.

The GTS offers coupe, Cabriolet, and Targa styles, with rear- or all-wheel drive options right from the start. If you’re all about that raw driving feel, stick with rear-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive seems to make the steering a bit heavier and reduces some of the road feel, but it’s your call on what suits you best.